Six Stand Out to Plant High's Posada

Plant High (Tampa, Fla.) offensive tackle Tony Posada holds 26 offers, but told there were six schools standing out in his recruitment. He reveals the schools, and says whether Rutgers made the list. Posada also talked about his position of comfort, and whether or not he will make it to Rutgers for an unofficial visit this summer. Find out inside what he had to say.

Before anyone really knew who Tony Posada was, which is well before he had 26 offers, he took a visit to the Rutgers campus. Not that anyone really noticed.

It came during a trip to New York with his mom, and one day the Plant High (Tampa, Fla.) offensive lineman decided to look around the Garden State, and he wound up on the Rutgers campus.

"I drove down there to check out New Jersey, and to check out the stadium, and it was pretty cool,'' Posada said. "I know Rutgers is in the Big East, but that is really all I know. I didn't really look at Rutgers, though. I wasn't really a recruit last year."

Posada received his written offer from Rutgers in the last few weeks, and despite not yet getting a tour of the campus and gaining a full appreciation for the academic program, he still rates the Scarlet Knights high on his list.

The 6-foot-6, 325-pound tackle hasn't officially trimmed his list yet, but he does hold six schools in higher regard than the others.

"USF, Michigan, Rutgers, Missouri, Texas Tech, Tennessee; those are the ones I'm looking at,'' he said. "But I'm really open-minded right now. I know a little bit more about those programs."

The trip to New York enabled Posada to see pieces of the Rutgers campus, and also taught him about the tough mindset of folks in the Metropolitan area.

"We were walking around and I was trying not to hit anybody and jumping around to get out of people's way,'' Posada said. "I'm a big guy. But a few days into it, I said forget it. I just bumped into the people. Some of them got mad."

However, the trip also could keep Posada from making a return visit to Rutgers this summer. He is planning to go to Michigan next week because one of his Plant High coaches is working a camp in Ann Arbor, Mich.

"I'm going to try to and get (to Rutgers)," Posada said. "I'm kind of limited on money. Last year was my big trip, but I'm trying to get up there."

Posada hopes to makes a decision on which college to attend by the end of summer, but the scope of his recruitment could change that.

Also, which position he is recruited to play could be a factor in his decision. Posada has the size to play left tackle, but he said he feels more comfortable as a right tackle.

"It comes natural to me," he said. "Playing left tackle, I kind of have to think about it a little bit. But playing right tackle, the steps I take, the way I have to move, it comes natural."

Oh, and the reason Posada's recruitment exploded since last summer?

He gives tons of credit to teammate James Wilder, a running back and linebacker who is one of the nation's top recruits.

"I didn't go to that many camps,'' Posada said. "I really didn't put my name out there. It took a little bit longer for me to get looked at. But also the coaches just improved me so much, and starting for such a high-caliber team gives you a lot of exposure as well.

"I was like, ‘Man, Wilder, you're highlight film is my highlight film, too.' When he makes a great run, and I make a great block, I'm getting looked at, too."

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